Last Sunday was the second Sunday of Advent, just a few days until Christmas day! The marketing of the holiday season that began well before Thanksgiving continues at a frantic pace. However, for the Christian church Advent is a time to prepare our hearts and souls for the coming of the Christ child, who is with us and is still coming. It is a period set aside to reflect on this wonderful gift of love given to humankind by the God of love.
Advent should be a time of hope. However, having hope about the future can be challenging, when it is so easy to be discouraged by the things happening around us, such as the storms of nature or the storms in daily life. But God’s hope is always there, even if sometimes hidden by clouds. By focusing on God’s word and love it helps us to get to the other side of these storms. During this Advent may you be able to find hope about your future no matter what may be facing you at the moment. Vernon T.